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post #1 of 17 Old 10-12-2011, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Can't remove shifter

Title says it all. Why the hell can't I get this damn stock shifter off. I just want to move it up a tad but it wont come off. Have sprayed it with WD40 but no go. I can only get it to the edge of the shaft and no further. Really annoying.

Will have a couple more beers and keep playing with it. Sooner or later something will happen.

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post #2 of 17 Old 10-12-2011, 08:31 PM
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Did you remove the bolt completely? There is a groove on the shaft that the bolt rides in that won't allow it to come off if the bolt isn't completely removed from the shifter. If the bolt has been removed, stick a flat blade screwdriver in the slot and twist the handle while pulling out towards you.

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Sir, I shall require a fine New Glarus Fat Squirrel from you for besmirching my reputation with such a question!



After much tugging and lubing it is off and the MSR is on. I needed to use a screwdriver to convince it to move. I still don't see why it was so difficult.

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Sir, I shall require a fine New Glarus Fat Squirrel from you for besmirching my reputation with such a question!
Hey, you asked the first question, not me! Remember, never take shit from an inanimate object! Obviously you have not been drinking enough, you're getting weak.

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Hey, you asked the first question, not me! Remember, never take shit from an inanimate object! Obviously you have not been drinking enough, you're getting weak.
KLR, when in doubt force it!

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KLR, when in doubt force it!
I tied a rope to the shifter and the other end to my Bandit and then hit the gas. Came right off.

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Spreading the shifter, by inserting a flat-blade screwdriver into its slot (bolt removed), and twisting, works.

Never tried it, but . . . a "gear puller," a device with a bolt threaded through its center, with a couple of floppy hinged arms on each end of its bar, oughta work, as well, if access and clearance is available. Hook the arms to the shifter on either side of the shaft, and torque down on the bolt to remove shifter (loosening the shifter bolt recommended in this procedure, also!)


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post #8 of 17 Old 10-13-2011, 03:42 AM
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Sometimes you gotta wiggle it.
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